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The view from the top of business, presenting a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running companies.

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Will Flying Taxis Take Off?

10/17/2018
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Could drone technology solve our urban transport needs? Ed Butler explores the new generation of flying cars developers hope will be ferrying commuters around major cities in the next few years. Steven Tibbitts, chief executive of Zeva Aero, and Eric Bartsch of start-up VerdeGo Aero, give the sales pitch. Steve Wright, associate professor in aerospace engineering at the University of the West of England in the UK, gives the reality check. (Photo: Prototype drone taxi on display in Dubai in...

Duration:00:17:44

The Confusing Curve

10/16/2018
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When governments need to raise money, they promise a reward in return for your investment. But how much - or how little - they're promising says a lot about the country, and if investors perceive it as risky to invest in or not. But why are analysts so obsessed over something called the bond yield curve? Pippa Malmgren, policy analyst, says at the moment there's nothing to be afraid of from what the curve tells us. Russ Mould from AJ Bell on the other hand says we should be careful. We try...

Duration:00:17:45

Is the Internet Fit for Purpose?

10/15/2018
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Overrun by bots and identity thieves, does the worldwide web need a fundamental overhaul? Ed Butler reports from the Future in Review tech conference in Utah, where he speaks to two entrepreneurs offering partial solutions. Denise Hayman-Loa's firm Carii offers corporations safe spaces for secure online collaboration, while Steve Shillingford's Anonyome Labs helps citizens keep their personal data secret when active online. But do such solutions go far enough, or does the internet a complete...

Duration:00:17:29

Trump's Tax Scandal - Who Cares?

10/12/2018
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Why has there been so little political fall-out from allegations by the New York Times that the US President and his family dodged hundreds of millions of dollars in tax, in some cases through outright fraud? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Susanne Craig - one of the journalists making the claims after 18 months of painstaking research. Yet the US public remains unmoved. Bloomberg editor John Authers fears for what that says about the breakdown in trust in modern Western society. Plus Pippa...

Duration:00:17:44

Holidays in Space

10/11/2018
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The private sector is muscling in on space exploration, and the biggest commercial opportunity could be tourism. Ed Butler meets the star-gazers at the Future in Review conference of tech entrepreneurs in Utah. Ariel Ekblaw, who founded the Space Exploration Initiative at MIT, discusses the logic of self-assembling space hotels. Nasa chief scientist Dennis Bushnell talks cosmic beach combing. And Chris Lewicki, head of space mining start-up Planetary Resources, explains why he thinks it...

Duration:00:17:28

Lab-grown Meat on your Table

10/10/2018
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Are new forms of 'artificial' meat about to change the food industry? Regan Morris goes to California to taste a chicken nugget its makers hope will be on restaurant menus by the end of this year. Josh Tetrick is the boss of Just - the company behind it. She also hears from Mark Post, the maker of the first lab-grown burger, and Tom Mastrobuoni from Tyson Ventures, the meat processing company that wants to be the world's largest 'protein' company. That's fine but just don't call it "meat"...

Duration:00:17:43

Sexist Science

10/9/2018
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Does STEM still have a problem with women? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Dr Jess Wade, a physicist at Imperial College in London, and soil microbial ecologist Kelly Ramirez, co-founder of 500 Women Scientists. Rebekah Higgitt, a lecturer in history of science at the University of Kent in the UK, explains the marginalisation of women in science. (Photo: Female scientist, Credit: Getty Images)

Duration:00:17:33

Italy Goes Rogue

10/8/2018
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Rome and Brussels look set to clash over the Italian government's spending plans. What's at stake for the rest of the EU? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Claudio Borghi, economic spokesman of the Lega party, the right wing party now part of Italy's coalition government, and Jeremy Cliffe, columnist at The Economist. (Photo: A 'debt clock' screen displays Italy's public debt at the Rome's Termini central station, Credit: Getty Images)

Duration:00:17:41

Indonesia's Disasters - Natural and Man-Made

10/5/2018
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Tsunamis, earthquakes and a sinking capital - not all of Indonesia's problems are down to Mother Nature. Jonathan Bithrey reports from this blighted archipelago on the Pacific ring of fire. 14 years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, why was the country so ill-prepared for the tidal wave that hit Palu this week? And what is being done to stop Jakarta slowly sinking into the sea under the weight of poor planning and overdevelopment? (Picture: A woman looks for salvageable items among the debris...

Duration:00:18:15

Has Elon Musk Already Won?

10/4/2018
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Whatever the fate of the heavily indebted Tesla Motors, is the electric vehicle revolution now set to sweep the world? And despite his Twitter antics and legal problems, has the company's chief executive earned the right to be brash? Justin Rowlatt speaks to Gene Munster of tech investors Loup Ventures and to the author and tech prophet Tony Seba. Plus what is the future for fossil fuel companies in an electrified world? We ask Shell's vice president for new fuels, Matthew Tipper. Image:...

Duration:00:18:14

Brazil Elections: Why Are They So Divisive?

10/3/2018
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Up-coming presidential elections in Brazil have revealed a polarised electorate, tired of business as usual. With more than half of the current crop of Congressmen and women being under investigation in connection with some form of corruption, the polls suggest people are directing their votes accordingly - towards the far-left and far-right-wing candidates. Some Brazilian businesses have joined the push to clean up the system founding a 'school for new honest politicians' - a high-profile...

Duration:00:17:42

Brand Activism

10/2/2018
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Does taking a stand hurt a brand? Business Daily hears from companies taking an outspoken stance on a political issue and asks whether it matters if you annoy some of your customers? Ed Butler asks why Nike's ad campaign fronted by controversial American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not appear to affect its profits. Plus, Tim Martin, the founder and chairman of the British pub chain JD Wetherspoon, reveals whether supporting Brexit has harmed his business. We hear from Hilary...

Duration:00:18:49

Will Trade War hit China's Building Boom?

10/1/2018
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As the US and Canada announce a new trade agreement, a trade war between the US and China still looms. Laura Cooper from RBC Wealth Management told the BBC's Dominic O'Connell the North American deal came as a great relief after so much trade disruption lately. George Magnus, a China expert and former chief economist at UBS, says it's difficult to see an easy end to the tension. Presenter Ed Butler visited Xiong'an, a massive new city being built to provide more space for overcrowded and...

Duration:00:18:47

The #FoodPorn Business

9/28/2018
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Instagram and social media are transforming the food industry, but is the fixation on visual aesthetics destroying the dining experience? Elizabeth Hotson explores the nexus between our stomachs and our smartphone screens, with help from sandwich blogger Xander Fletcher, cake decorator Georgia Green, online food and drink reviewer Rebecca Milford, food writer Natalie Seldon and restaurateur Cokey Sulkin, among others. (Picture: Cake decorated by Georgia Green; Credit: BBC)

Duration:00:19:25

Bill Gates on Africa

9/27/2018
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Bill Gates speaks to Manuela Saragosa about the future of Africa and the urgent need for the world to invest in the continent's exploding youth population. It comes as the billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder launches the second annual conference in New York of his Goalkeepers initiative - a network of activists from across the world who aim to ensure that their governments fulfil the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But why is it that the number of children born per woman...

Duration:00:17:28

Bill Gates on Africa

9/27/2018
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This week the Goalkeepers, a network of activists from across the world, held their second conference in New York, on the fringes of the UN General Assembly. In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the group is working to see the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, agreed in 2015, actually get implemented. We speak with Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, who is spearheading the campaign. Gates says Africa presents the biggest challenge to fighting poverty and disease...

Duration:00:17:28

The Company Without Managers

9/26/2018
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Most companies around the world exist with some form of hierarchy. Usually it is a vertical structure, with executive above management, which is in turn above the workforce. But there is another form, a “flat” hierarchy. Long promulgated by tech companies and start-ups in particular, flat or horizontally-structured companies operate on the principle of “Be your own boss.” Everyone chooses their agenda, their pace and in principle there is no boss to upbraid you if you make a mistake. So does...

Duration:00:18:22

The Company Without Managers

9/26/2018
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Most companies around the world exist with some form of hierarchy. Usually it is a vertical structure, with executive above management, which is in turn above the workforce. But there is another form, a “flat” hierarchy. Long promulgated by tech companies and start-ups in particular, flat or horizontally-structured companies operate on the principle of “Be your own boss.” Everyone chooses their agenda, their pace and in principle there is no boss to upbraid you if you make a mistake. So does...

Duration:00:17:59

Handling Divas

9/25/2018
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CEOs and top artists are role models to many. But behind the tough, powerful exteriors they can be as vulnerable as anyone else. Who is keeping them in line? Ed Butler talks to Joyce DiDonato, one of the world's top sopranos, and her manager Joel Thomas of agency Askonas Holt, about the importance of a strong relationship between artist and management. Also, Marc Effron of The Talent Strategy Group talks about how to manage a CEO like Elon Musk, who seems intent on damaging his own corporate...

Duration:00:19:13

Cleaning up Contamination

9/24/2018
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It was the birthplace of the British nuclear industry, but Sellafield now carries a toxic, radioactive legacy. So how do you go about cleaning it all up? Dismantling a nuclear plant is far from easy. Inside Sellafield crumbling, near derelict buildings are home to large quantities of accumulated radioactive waste, a toxic legacy from nearly seventy years of operations. Theo Leggett gets exclusive access to inside the site. Also in the programme, Theo finds out what can be done with ageing...

Duration:00:18:53